Son of Rambow 2007

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In this charming comedy, Will's family is the Plymouth Brethern - he's not allowed to listen to music or watch TV. When he gets caught up with school terror Lee he sees a pirate copy of a Rambo film.

Zofia Brooks,Neil Dudgeon
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Garth Jennings
Starring Zofia Brooks, Neil Dudgeon
Supporting actors Tallulah Evans, Adam Godley, Jessica Stevenson, Diane Leach, Bill Milner, Will Poulter
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Will, a boy from a deeply religious family background is forbidden to watch TV or play with any bad influences at school, however he becomes involved with Lee Carter the school bully and ends up watching his first film - `Rambo: First Blood', and from that moment on his life is changed...

...Although Lee seems brash and aggressive, we get an insight into his home-life, a family damaged by parental absence. He is actually a very creative boy with a passion for film, and he dreams of winning a TV competition for youth film makers. It is the wide-eyed innocent Will though who becomes his friend and helps him to try and realise his dream.

Son Of Rambow touches on issues of religion without `taking sides', it simply highlights the sacrifices some make in order to celebrate their faith, and the memory Will's mum has over having to get rid of her treasured music is a very poignant moment in the film and helps to cement an empathy with her son and how he must be feeling in a modern age with the restrictions the Brethren.

The main focuses of this film though are friendship and bullying. Both are very closely linked, the cliché of bullies usually being victims themselves is an apt one, and it's no different here. We see bullies become victims and we see those who are revered by many also be looked down at by others. The message is tenderly spoonfed in a gentle film, it's mainly the acting of young Bill Milner who makes the film an endearing watch. He manages to come across as a genuinely excited boy who is excited by the world and what it has to offer, you never feel as though he is acting, he looks so natural in the role.

In a nutshell: I enjoyed this film, but I didn't love it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE on 6 July 2008
Format: DVD
The 1980s gave us the world many things - yuppies, shoulder pads, the Falklands War, and for the purposes of this review, the children's TV show Screen Test. One of the first `reality shows', it allowed kids to send their own short films into the programme, to compete against other kids, to win a plasticy, trophy thing - and more importantly, appear on TV.

So, after sneaking into a showing of First Blood, wild child Lee Carter (Will Poluter) decides he's going to win the Screen Test competition by making his own version of the Sly Stallone feature. Following a chance meeting in the school corridor, he manages to rope in the help of Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) as his leading man, throwing him into lakes and sending him flying into pits of tar. However, Will's new found pastime does not go down well with his mother (Jessica Hynes), as her family are part of the Brethren, a group which forbids it's members from watching films or television, in an attempt to insulate itself from the outside world. Although the two boys come from completely different backgrounds, both are loners, and in each other, find their `blood brother'.

The baby of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy director Garth Jennings, Son of Rambow is a semi-autobiographical account of the director's childhood. The film is a homage to the 1980s which Jennings grew up in, similar to that seen in Shane Meadow's This Is England. From the music of Depeche Mode, to the language used ("Skill" as in "Skill on toast"), right down to the minute details, such as the guide-dog-shaped charity collection boxes outside the supermarket, Jennings is transporting many of his viewers back to the age they grew up in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crookedmouth HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Will Proudfoot is a small boy with a big imagination. Living amongst the Plymouth Brethren - a deeply religious Christian sect - his big ideas stuggle to escape, but when he crosses the path of tearaway Lee Carter, who is making a film for "Screen Test", he finds an outlet for talents he never knew he had.

First off, it's not a film FOR kids, it's a film ABOUT kids: there's bad language, smoking and violence (the violence comes in a fairly tame clip from the real film First Blood) but it's all pretty harmless if you compare it to a lot of stuff you can see these days. It's also set in the 80's so there's big nostalgia value in almost every scene which can only really appeal to adult audiences. Secondly, it's not cinema verite, it's an expression of the kids' imaginations, so there's surrealism, cartoonised sequences and general, childlike silliness abounds.

I suppose you could sum it all up as childish fun for adults... And it's great.

The story follows WIll and Lee's developing friendship, their domestic difficulties and school life. It's actually a very poignant story as both Will and Lee are, in their own ways, stifled, oppressed and even damaged by their experiences. But, that they manage to rise above these limitations makes it a feelgood movie too. It steers well away from schmaltz though (at least until the end) and the story is leavened by some wonderful, surreal, slapstick humour meaning that there are plenty of genuine laugh-out-loud moments all the way through.

Some reviewers seem to have taken against the acting as well. Allowing for the two boy's ages and acting experience at the time the film was made, I reckon that their performances are pretty damn good.
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